Housing benefit personal allowance set to rise – see new rates for parents and families

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Housing benefit is given to households who are struggling to pay their rent and the personal allowance that makes up part of the calculation for how much you can get is rising

Families who claim housing benefit will see the personal allowance linked to the payment rise by 3.1% from April.

Housing benefit is given to households who are struggling to pay their rent – but how much you could claim can be complicated to work out.

The personal allowance forms just part of the calculation of how much housing benefit you’ll get.

It is usually added together with any additional “premiums” you could be entitled to – for example, if you are disabled or care for someone with a disability.

Your income and renting situation is then also taken into account, along with any dependants you live with, to come up with an “applicable amount”.

If your income is the same as or less than your applicable amount, you could get maximum eligible housing benefit.

You may still be able to get some housing benefit if your income is greater, but this depends on your individual circumstances.

The maximum housing benefit payment you can usually get is called the “local housing allowance rate” and varies depending on where you live.

But just because the personal allowance rates are changing, this doesn’t automatically mean you’ll receive more housing benefit.

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For example, those who get housing benefit along with certain other benefits will see the amount they can receive calculated without their personal allowance taken into account.

This could include those who also claim Universal Credit because they are in temporary or supported accommodation, or Income Support, income-related ESA, income based JSA, or Pension Credit.

Here is how the personal allowances are changing on April 6.

Single person

  • Aged under 25: Increasing from £59.20 to £61.05
  • Any age and on main phase ESA: Increasing from £74.70 to £77.00
  • Aged between 25 and state pension credit age: Increasing from £74.70 to £77.00
  • Has reached pension age: Increasing from £191.15 to £197.10

Lone parent

  • Aged under 18: Increasing from £59.20 to £61.05
  • Any age and on main phase ESA: Increasing from £74.70 to £77.00
  • Aged between 18 and state pension credit age: Increasing from £74.70 to £77.00
  • Has reached state pension age: Increasing from £191.15 to £197.10

Couple

  • Both aged under 18: Increasing from £89.45 to £92.20
  • One or both aged between 18 and state pension credit age: Increasing from £117.40 to £121.05
  • Any age and on main phase ESA: Increasing from £117.40 to £121.05
  • One or both have reached pension age: Increasing from £286.05 to £294.90

Other

  • Dependent child/young person aged under 20: Increasing from £68.60 to £70.80

Who is eligible for housing benefit?

To claim housing benefit, you usually have to fall into one of the categories below.

It is available to both private renters and those in housing association accommodation or council housing.

For example, if you’re a private tenant, the amount you can claim is based on how many bedrooms you are thought to need for your household.

You qualify if you:

  • Have a low income or claim other benefits
  • Are at least 16 years old – if you’ve been in care you’ll need to be at least 18
  • Have less than £16,000 in savings or get the guarantee part of Pension Credit
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